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3 Questions with ... Jim Thompson, Production Director, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

3 Questions with ... Jim Thompson, Production Director, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

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What has been your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it?

Probably the toughest challenge that we currently are facing is the need to continue to put out quality products on time while reducing expenses. For print, there is the drive to produce a more diverse package of products, which are designed to enhance the experience of our readers and increase revenue. Our challenge is to do that without major increases in production costs. The second part of that is trying to find time to schedule diverse products into the available time slots. This industry can no longer afford the luxury of running only one size or type of stock for every product. We have to integrate different stocks and formats, many of them requiring post-press bindery services. The most critical component to overcoming these challenges is the total participation and commitment of a total team concept.

Where do you see the future of print production?

I honestly believe that this industry is in transition. I feel that for digital will be a major source of hard breaking news. With there being a 24-hour news cycle, it only makes sense to have an outlet that allows for the timely release of updated information. …

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